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April 10, 1999

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fourth-ranked Ohio State (20-5 overall, 12-2 Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association) men’s volleyball squad came up short against #7 Lewis (22-7, 10-4) in a two hour – 54 minute marathon dropping the final three games to the Flyers to be denied an outright MIVA Championship. The 7-15, 14-16, 16-14, 15-13, 15-13 Lewis win drops the Buckeyes into a first place tie with Indiana-Purdue (Ft. Wayne) for the league title. Victor Rivera scored a match-high 36 kills for the Flyers with Eduardo Quinones accounting for 29. The Buckeyes top scorers were Jose Rivera with 25 kills and Rene’ Esteves with 22. Esteves’ 21st kill of the match made him the fourth Buckeye to reach 1,000 kills in a career. OSU’s Phil Kerewich, with 19 kills, is fifth in career kills at 998. Kerewich also recorded a triple-double in the match. With his 19 kills, he recorded 12 digs and 12 total blocks (two solo, 10 assists). His double-figure block total was one of four Buckeyes to hit that mark. Esteves had a match-high 14 blocks (2-12) while Colin McMillan had 12 (2-10) and Angel Aja 10 (1-9). OSU’s team total of 30 blocks (seven solo and 47 assists) establishes a new school record. The previous mark was 28 against Wisconsin-Milwaukee during the 1993 season.

%^$Ohio State had a quick 8-1 lead in game one. The Buckeyes maintained a six to eight point margin in the game and closed the game with back-to-back blocks by Phil Kerewich and McMillan and McMillan and Chris Fash for a 15-7 win. The Buckeyes hit .414 for the game to .065 for Lewis. The Buckeyes scored 10 points on blocks in the game.

%^$Lewis opened game two with a 4-0 run. OSU scored the next four points, tying the game on a Fash ace serve. The Flyers took a 6-4 lead on an OSU error and a kill by Rivera. The Buckeyes responded to take a 7-6 lead on solo blocks by Kerewich and McMillan and an overpass kill by McMillan. A Lewis ball-handling error, a hitting error and a kill by Aja extended OSU’s lead to 10-6. Two Rivera kills cut the lead to 10-8, but a Lewis error put OSU up 11-8. Lewis scored the next four points on an overpass kill by Marty Zambo, an OSU error, a kill by Quinones and an ace serve by Zambo to take a 12-11 lead. Back-to-back kills by OSU’s Fash returned the lead to the Buckeyes at 13-12. An OSU error and a block by Rivera and Guy Nembhard put the Flyers on game point at 14-13. Kills by Fash and Esteves and a Flyer service error stopped three game points for Lewis. A Kerewich kill tied the game at 14 and a Lewis hitting error put OSU up 15-14. The Flyers stopped four game points on two kills by Rivera and kills by Nembhard and Quinones. A McMillan sideout kill set up OSU’s fifth game point and an overpass kill by McMillan was the winner in a 16-14 game. Lewis outhit Ohio State .480 to .381. The Flyers’ Rivera had 14 kills in the game and hit .524, while OSU’s McMillan had 10 kills and hit .769.

%^$Lewis opened game three with a 3-0 run on a kill by Quinones, a block by Ryan McNeil and Grant Bindon and an ace serve by Rivera. The Buckeyes responded with three blocks for points with McMillan and Esteves for one and Esteves and Aja for two. Edgardo Deniz put the Flyers up 4-3 with a kill but a Lewis error tied the game at four. The Buckeyes took a 6-4 lead on two Flyer errors, but an OSU error and an overpass kill by Nembhard tied the game at six. Another OSU error put Lewis up 7-6, but an OSU block by Aja and McMillan tied the game at seven. The Buckeyes gained a lead on a block by Esteves and Kerewich and a two Lewis errors extended the margin to 10-7. The lead was cut to 10-8 on an OSU hitting error. A kill by McNeil and an OSU error tied the game at 10. McNeil and Bindon combined for another block and put Lewis up 11-10. A Lewis error tied the game at 11, but a Deniz kill put the Flyers up again at 12-11. A Rivera kill and a Flyer error returned the lead to OSU at 13-12. An OSU error and a kill by Quinones put the Flyers on game point at 14-13. After an OSU time out a Kerewich kill for a sideout stopped the first game point. OSU’s block by Esteves and Aja tied the match at 14, but an OSU error put Lewis on game point two at 15-14. OSU sided out on a Rivera kill, but a Deniz kill sided back to Lewis for their third game point. That one, a kill by Deniz was the winner at 16-14. For the game, Lewis hit .328 to OSU’s .286. Quinones for the Flyers had 10 kills, while setter Deniz had five key kills in five attempts. For OSU, Rivera’s seven kill in eight attempts (.875) kept the Buckeyes in the game.

%^$Ohio State opened game four with a 3-0 lead on kills by Rivera and Kerewich and a block by Kerewich and Esteves. A hitting error by OSU and an ace serve by the Flyers’ Deniz cut the lead to 3-2. A Buckeye block by Kerewich and McMillan pushed the lead to 4-2 for OSU. Two OSU hitting errors and a ball-handling call put Lewis up 5-4, but a solo block by McMillan and a block by Aja and McMillan put the Buckeyes up 6-5. A Lewis ace by Nembhard, a kill by McNeil and an OSU error returned the lead to the Flyers at 8-6. A solo block by OSU’s Kerewich cut the lead to 9-8, but a Flyer block by Quinones and Nembhard pushed the lead to 10-7. OSU’s Esteves scored on a solo block to reduce the lead to 10-8, but a block by Bindon and McNeil put the Lewis lead at 11-8. A kill by OSU’s Pieter Olree and a block by Esteves and Aja cut the Lewis lead to 11-10 and a McMillan-Olree block tied the game at 11. The Buckeyes regained the lead at 12-11 on an Esteves-Aja block, but the Flyers’ Rivera tied the game at 12 with a kill. A Lewis error returned the lead to OSU at 13-12. The Flyers tied the match at 13 on a Quinones-Nembhard block and reached game point at 14-13 on a Deniz kill. OSU’s Olree stopped four game point attempts with sideout kills, but the fifth game point attempt, a kill by McNiel was for the game at 15-13. The Buckeyes outhit the Flyers, .466 to .422 in the game. The Flyers’ Rivera picked up 12 kills in the game with McNeil adding 11. OSU’s Olree had 10 kills for the Buckeyes coming in off the bench.

%^$In the rallying-scoring game five Ohio State on kills by Rivera and McMillan took a 2-0 lead. A kill by Flyer Rivera made it 2-1. Ohio State pushed the lead to 5-1 on another kill by Rivera, a Lewis hitting error and a kill by Olree. After a Flyer timeout, two kills by Quinones and an OSU hitting error closed the OSU lead to 5-4. The Buckeyes took a 6-4 lead on a service error by the Flyers’ Bindon, but a kill by Quinones cut the OSU lead to 6-5. Ohio State held an 8-5 lead on a kill by Esteves and a solo block by Aja as the teams changed ends of the court. The Flyers Quinones connected on a kill to shave the lead to 8-6, but a kill by Esteves (his 1,000th of his career) and a Lewis hitting error put the Buckeyes up four at 10-6. A kill by the Flyers Nembhard and an OSU hitting error cut the lead in half at 10-8. OSU’s Esteves connected on another kill to put the Buckeye lead at 11-8. The Flyers’ Rivera cut the lead to 11-9 with a kill, but a McMillan overpass kill made the margin three, 12-9 in favor of OSU as Lewis called timeout. The Flyers come out swinging and blocking as they scored four consecutive points on kills by Rivera and Quinones and blocks by Bindon and McNeil and Quinones and McNeil to take a 13-12 lead. After an Ohio State time out, a hitting error by Lewis tied the game at 13, but Quinones countered with a kill to set match point at 14-13. Quinones combined with Nembhard for a block for point to close the game at 15-13 for Lewis and complete the Flyer comeback. In game five, Lewis hit .286 to OSU’s .136. Flyer Quinones had six kills and two assist blocks in the game.

%^$For the match, Ohio State outhit Lewis .362 to .348 and had a 30 to 16 margin in blocks. The Flyers outdug the Buckeyes, 46 to 39 and scored on four ace serves to two for OSU.

%^$The Buckeyes have a quarterfinal bye in the MIVA Tournament next week. They return to action Friday, April 23 in the MIVA Semifinals at Lewis University.

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%^$ Volleyball Box Score%^$ 1999 Ohio State Men’s Volleyball%^$ Lewis vs Ohio State (Apr 10, 1999 at Columbus, Ohio)

%^$ Lewis | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN%^$ No Name GP| K E TA PCT| A| SA SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE%^$ —————————————————————————–%^$ 4 Victor Rivera……. 5| 36 15 67 .313| 4| 1 5| 0| 9| 0 2 0| 0%^$ 5 Eduardo Quinones…. 5| 29 13 52 .308| 0| 0 2| 1| 6| 0 6 0| 1%^$ 8 Edgardo Deniz……. 5| 7 1 10 .600|112| 1 4| 0| 6| 0 3 0| 0%^$ 9 Paul Aviles……… 3| 1 2 6 -.167| 0| 0 0| 0| 4| 0 0 0| 0%^$ 12 Marty Zambo……… 3| 9 3 16 .375| 1| 1 1| 0| 4| 0 0 0| 0%^$ 16 Guy Nembhard…….. 5| 17 8 32 .281| 0| 1 1| 0| 6| 1 10 1| 0%^$ 2 Jeff Getz……….. 1| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0%^$ 3 Ryan McNeil……… 3| 17 4 27 .481| 0| 0 1| 0| 3| 0 4 0| 0%^$ 6 Grant Bindon…….. 4| 11 2 17 .529| 1| 0 7| 0| 7| 0 5 0| 0%^$ 13 Ken Regan……….. 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0%^$ 17 Zach Corsten…….. 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 2| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0%^$ Team……………. | | | | 1| | |%^$ —————————————————————————–%^$ Totals………….. 5|127 48 227 .348|118| 4 23| 2| 46| 1 30 1| 1

%^$ TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 16.0%^$ Game K E TA Pct%^$ 1 14 12 31 .065 GAME SCORES 1 2 3 4 5 TEAM RECORDS%^$ 2 30 6 50 .480 Lewis…………… 7 14 16 15 15 22-7, 10-4 MIVA%^$ 3 36 16 61 .328 Ohio State………. 15 16 14 13 13 20-5, 12-2 MIVA%^$ 4 37 10 64 .422%^$ 5 10 4 21 .286

%^$ Ohio State | ATTACK |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF| BLOCK |GEN%^$ No Name GP| K E TA PCT| A| SA SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE%^$ —————————————————————————–%^$ 3 Jose Rivera……… 5| 25 7 42 .429| 2| 0 5| 0| 7| 0 2 1| 1%^$ 5 Angel Aja……….. 5| 4 0 5 .800|103| 0 2| 0| 8| 1 9 0| 0%^$ 8 Rene’ Esteves……. 5| 22 6 44 .364| 1| 0 1| 0| 5| 2 12 1| 1%^$ 9 Phil Kerewich……. 5| 19 6 31 .419| 3| 0 4| 4| 12| 2 10 0| 0%^$ 11 Chris Fash………. 4| 18 16 41 .049| 0| 2 6| 0| 3| 0 3 1| 0%^$ 14 Colin McMillan…… 5| 19 1 36 .500| 1| 0 3| 0| 1| 2 10 0| 0%^$ 10 Jose Pereira…….. 2| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 0| 0 0 0| 0%^$ 12 Pieter Olree…….. 2| 12 3 22 .409| 0| 0 0| 0| 2| 0 1 0| 0%^$ 13 Ross McLain……… 4| 0 0 0 .000| 0| 0 0| 0| 1| 0 0 0| 0%^$ —————————————————————————–%^$ Totals………….. 5|119 39 221 .362|110| 2 21| 4| 39| 7 47 3| 2

%^$ TEAM ATTACK PER GAME TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 30.5%^$ Game K E TA Pct%^$ 1 17 5 29 .414 Site: Columbus, Ohio (St. John Arena)%^$ 2 35 11 63 .381 Date: Apr 10, 1999 Attend: 432 Time: 2:54%^$ 3 23 9 49 .286 Referees: Bill Zehler, Elaine Viney%^$ 4 36 9 58 .466%^$ 5 8 5 22 .136%^$